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Public Health New Mexico
5:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Lawsuit May Halt Food Stamp Work Requirement

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Two New Mexico nonprofits filed a lawsuit this week against the state that could halt changes to the state’s food assistance program.

The Center on Law and Poverty and the Southwest Organizing Project, along with three people who rely on food stamps, are asking for a temporary restraining order that would stop a work requirement for certain SNAP recipients that’s slated to go into effect on November 1.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:27 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Headlines: Latest S.F. Deputy Shooting, APD Shooting Trial Begins...

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Deputy Accused In Fatal Shooting Expected In CourtThe Associated Press

Court documents say a New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy told police, "I shot the guy" after officers arrived to a chaotic scene at a hotel.

Records and 911 recordings released yesterday revealed new details about the shooting. Authorities allege Santa Fe County Deputy Tai Chan fatally shot fellow Deputy Jeremy Martin after a night of drinking and arguing.

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Local News
6:42 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Voices Behind The Vote: Medical Marijuana Program Sparks Enthusiasm

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Robert Pack is a fourth generation cotton and alfalfa farmer from Eddy County. Although a registered Democrat, Pack says he has never voted party line in his life.

Pack says he's not thrilled with either gubernatorial candidate. But he is a medical marijuana patient and is basing his vote on the fact that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez said she would shut down the state's medical cannabis program when she was campaigning four years ago.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:31 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Voices Behind The Vote: Health Care And War Pull Veteran To The Polls

Pete Comstock and Sharon, his wife of 54 years
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Veteran Pete Comstock was wounded in Vietnam—once by a hand grenade and once by an AK-47—and he’s recovered physically. “I have some combat trauma issues that I had to deal with as I was recovering coming back. But today, most days I’m pretty normal.”

Comstock, a Republican from Cedar Crest, relies on VA health services and said he zeroes in on issues affecting veterans during every election cycle. In particular, he wants to ensure candidates will commit funding and support to medical care for returning soldiers, address military sexual trauma and work to stop the wars.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

APD Reform Forum Focuses On Mental Health

The Collaborative on Community-Police Relations talks mental health at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.
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People affected by mental health issues in Albuquerque gathered for a meeting on police reform on Monday night. 

Only people who’d signed up online in advance of the forum were allowed to participate in the discussion about the Albuquerque Police Department and mental health. A handful of participants sat in two separate circles with concentric rings of observers radiating from the center.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

LISTEN: Third District Congressional Debate Between Ben Ray Lujan And Jefferson Byrd

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The third of four congressional debates KUNM will broadcast before the November 4th election. 

Incumbent Democrat Ben Ray Lujan debates his Republican challenger Jefferson Byrd at an event hosted by KENW.  

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Local News
11:50 am
Tue October 28, 2014

PAC Ads Target State House Races

Two political action committees are targeting state House races with television ads to air through Election Day.

Patriot Majority New Mexico, a union-funded state level PAC, is spending almost $96,000 to air 157 ads supporting Democrats and opposing Republicans in Albuquerque and El Paso.

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Local News
9:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Headlines: Food Stamp Work Requirements, Deputy VS Deputy, Navajo Elections In Limbo...

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Lawsuit Seeks To Stop Food Stamp Work Requirements – The Associated Press

Social services advocates have filed a lawsuit to stop Gov. Susana Martinez's administration from imposing work-related requirements on New Mexicans to qualify for food stamps.

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, the Southwest Organizing Project and several food stamps recipients sued the Human Services Department on Monday in state district court in Santa Fe.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:19 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Voices Behind The Vote: Disability Rights The Focus For Mother, Daughter

Nannie Sanchez hosts her public access TV show "Self-Advocacy and Empowerment," produced in collaboration with Quote...Unquote, Inc.

Rosemarie Sanchez and her 39-year-old daughter Nannie are disability rights advocates and hard-line Democrats. Rosemarie adopted Nannie, a child born with Down syndrome, when she was an infant. KUNM Public Health New Mexico reporter Marisa Demarco caught up with them at their home in Albuquerque’s Clayton Heights to talk about how their lives and their politics intertwine. 

Both women are concerned about changes to the developmental disability waiver in New Mexico.

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Local News
6:15 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Voices Behind The Vote: Film Tax Credit Not A Black And White Issue

Independent filmmaker Jacob Roebuck.
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On location at a film shoot in the Lincoln National Forest, KUNM's Rita Daniels caught up with independent filmmaker Jacob Roebuck. The self-described social conservative moved to Roswell from Los Angeles four years ago and has benefited from the state's film production tax credit

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Local News
9:04 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Headlines: Missing Evidence, Min Wage in Las Cruces, Pot Bust, Death Sentence Appeals...

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Several Cases Impacted By Farmington Police Theft – The Associated Press

San Juan County prosecutors say more than a dozen drug cases have been affected by thefts allegedly committed by a Farmington police evidence technician and they expect the number to rise.

The Daily Times reports that the San Juan County District Attorney's Office has identified 13 active cases impacted by Ashley Goodvoyce's theft of pills and cash from a police storage facility.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:40 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Voices Behind The Vote: Climate Change Drives Conservative To Polls

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KUNM public health reporter Ed Williams traveled north to Taos County where he met with Marty Michael, a conservative voter in Questa. Michael is an active member of the community, and has worked with the county on water issues. 

“Drought, global warming’s affecting it, lack of rainfall, mother nature. It’s something that can’t be measured," Michael said. "The conservatives are interested in keeping our water here. No more water transfers.”  

Check out the other Voices Behind The Vote profiles!

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Public Health New Mexico
6:39 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Voices Behind The Vote: Who's Talking About Immigrants Held In Artesia?

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KUNM public health reporter Ed Williams spoke with Santa Fe resident Allegra Love, a former public school teacher who now works as a lawyer for ADELANTE, a Santa Fe Public Schools program that provides help for families experiencing homelessness.

Love is also an immigration attorney. Since this summer she’s been working on asylum cases for refugees held in the federal immigrant detention center in Artesia. 

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Local News
7:49 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Headlines: Navajo Nation Rethinks Election, Molotov At ABQ Mosque, Unemployment Fraud In NM...

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Navajo Officials Mull Election Amid Confusion – The Associated Press

Navajo election officials failed to decide Friday whether to follow an order by the tribe's top court to postpone a presidential race that's less than two weeks away.

Navajo Board of Election Supervisor Lenora Fulton says the board will reconvene Monday at 9 a.m.

The Navajo Supreme Court also ordered Chris Deschene off the ballot.

Deschene had appealed to the court following a challenge over whether he was fluent in Navajo, a requirement under tribal law.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:22 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Feds Renew Funding For Homeless Healthcare

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services renewed funding this week for Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.

Anita Cordova says the $1.22 million grant will allow her organization to continue providing medical and dental care to the homeless community. “Without the money," Cordova said, "we would be unable to provide as many services and pay our providers and staff to do the work that we do.”

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
2:22 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Leeches Of Lore

Easily one of the best rock bands in Albuquerque, they've also been making a name for themselves nationally. The basic trio is Steve Hammond on electric guitar and vocals, Noah Wolters on keys and Andy Lutz on drums, often incorporating numerous other local musicians.

     Principal songwriter Steve Hammond is adept at melding country and metal genres almost seamlessly, and with an oddball sense of humor that often draws comparisons to Ween or similar hybrid musical surrealists.

The Leeches performed live on Music to Soothe the Savage Beast on October 14th.   Engineered by Simon Welter.  DJ Caterwaul hosted the show.

Find more Leech lore at leechesoflore.com.

Friday News Roundup
9:08 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Headlines: Navajo Election Postponed, SE NM Ebola Checkpoint...

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Navajo High Court Orders Election Postponed The Associated Press

The Navajo Supreme Court has ordered the postponement of the tribe's presidential election and an immediate reprint of ballots without the name of a candidate who was disqualified in a language fluency case.

The decision Thursday came as a result of a petition to enforce a disqualification order against Chris Deschene.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:32 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

APD Reform Meetings Begin in Albuquerque

Demonstrators in Downtown Albuquerque on March 25, 2014
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Tuesday marked the first of 10 meetings of the Collaborative on Police-Community Relations in Albuquerque. Police officers and commanders attended, along with grieving families, mental health advocates and neighborhood association representatives.

Mayor Richard Berry said the process should yield a document that outlines expectations for effective community policing.  The Department of Justice investigated APD after a high-number of officer-involved shootings, and findings indicated city police use excessive force.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:49 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Mayor Seeks Pay Increases For APD, PRC Commissioner Pays Self...

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Albuquerque Mayor Wants Action To Keep Officers  - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry wants the city and the state to take action to prevent the loss of more than a fifth of the city's police force to retirements over the next two years.

Berry told the Albuquerque Journal during an interview that the city stands to lose 200 officers and still see at least 100 of them retire even if the financial incentives for them to stay are provided.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:17 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

LISTEN: Public Health In New Mexico And Election 2014

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/23 8a: What public health issues are New Mexico candidates talking about in their campaigns? What are politicians and elected officials not talking about? We'll have an in depth discussion with KUNM's Public Health New Mexico reporting team - Ed Williams and Marisa Demarco.

Post your comments below and check out the project site publichealthnm.org

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Public Health New Mexico
5:08 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Santa Fe Students Pledge To End Gun Violence

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Wednesday is National Student Pledge Against Violence Day, and school administrators in Santa Fe are encouraging students to sign a pledge promising not to use guns to resolve conflicts.

Both the Santa Fe School Board and City Council signed resolutions to join in the national observance of gun violence in schools.

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Local News
5:05 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

NMED Open To Suggestions For Kirtland Fuel Cleanup

The public was invited out on a field trip to learn about the jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base.
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The New Mexico Environment Department took about 50 members of the public on an informational tour of the Kirtland Air Force jet fuel spill this week.  The tour group spent the day learning about the parts of  Albuquerque’s aquifer that have been contaminated.

Geologists said one of the issues that makes cleanup of the site so complicated is that the water table has risen in recent years, trapping some of the liquid jet fuel beneath the top of the aquifer.

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Wednesday News Roundup
9:24 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Headlines: APD Community Meetings Begin, State Workers Still Waiting For Back Pay...

Albuquerque Begins Meetings On Police Department  - The Associated Press

Albuquerque officials have kicked off a series of community meetings regarding the city Police Department in the wake of widespread calls for changes related to the use of force.

City officials on Tuesday held the first of 10 meetings. Mayor Richard Berry says the meetings will provide a way for Albuquerque to address both a tremendous challenge and a tremendous opportunity.

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Local News
6:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Regulatory Limbo For La Bajada Mine Proposal?

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A land developer who wants to strip mine La Bajada mesa for basalt rock has filed a lawsuit against Santa Fe County.

Developers of Buena Vista Estates and Rockology Limited say their project is being targeted by county commisioners who placed a year-long moratorium on approving any new projects that would involve blasting through the earth.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:48 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

VA Cuts 30 Inpatient Beds

Dr. Jaime Robbins addresses the crowd of veterans at the town hall on VA medical care on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week that it’s decreasing the beds available at Albuquerque’s VA Medical Center—the only such inpatient facility in New Mexico.

The news that the VA is cutting the number of inpatient beds from 150 to 120 doesn’t sit right with Mike Gallegos, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart Medal recipient from Los Lunas.

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The Children's Hour
3:35 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Poop Happens, Then What?

Inside the San Juan - Chama Drinking Water Treatment Plant
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 Sat. 10/25, 9am:  It all comes out in the end, they say, and when it does, where does it go? We learned exactly what happens with Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority educator Sharon Savinski. Plus, we explored the methane world of flatulence. It stinks!  

Tuesday News Roundup
9:48 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Headlines: GOP Wants Majority, Navajo Presidential Race...

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New Mexico GOP Hopes To Win Legislative Majority - The Associated Press

Democrats have controlled the New Mexico House for the past 60 years, but the political landscape is giving Republicans hope for a breakthrough in the general election.

Republicans need a net gain of three seats to take control of the 70-member House. There are at least 10 competitive races, with Democrats and Republicans each holding five of those seats.

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Public Health New Mexico
3:37 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Flu Season Is Back: Time For Shots!

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There’s been so much media attention focused on the Ebola crisis in West Africa and whether the healthcare system in the U.S. is ready for cases here, it’s easy to forget that the U.S. flu season has begun. Each year thousands of people in the U.S. die from the flu, tens of thousands in bad years. Last year there were 34 flu-related deaths in New Mexico.

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Local News
3:13 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Outside Groups Spar In Secretary Of State, AG Races

An outside GOP group is airing ads against New Mexico's Democratic candidate for attorney general, while a Democratic group is attacking the Republican secretary of state.

And if you’re counting down to Election Day, include at least 5,000 political ads on TV in your tally. That’s about the number of ads currently scheduled to run between Friday and Nov. 4.

But that’s only about 18 percent of more than 27,000 TV ads that have been contracted to air for New Mexico campaigns during 2014.

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Monday News Roundup
9:05 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Headlines: AZ Behavioral Health Firm Not Viable, Gubernatorial Debate...

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Report: Care Provider Needs Funding IncreaseThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

A company providing some behavioral health services in New Mexico following a shake-up of the state's network says it needs more money to stay afloat.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Turquoise Health and Wellness said in an Oct. 9 report that it "is currently not a financially viable organization on its own."

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